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Solway Coast Sport in Action Festival of Running

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This trio of races on the Solway Coast are both speedy and stunning...

A festival of running will return to the scenic Solway coast this summer with the Solway Coast Sport in Action Festival of Running gearing up for its 30 June date. The festival incorporates three events all of which are billed as fast PB courses - runners can choose from the Kirkbride 10K, Kirkbride Half Marathon and The Solway Coast Marathon.

If it's stunning scenery you're after in an event then this one has that covered. The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in December 1964 in recognition of the quality of its landscape and its significant historic and scientific interest. It stretches from Rockcliffe in the North to Maryport in the South, covering about 115 square kilometers of the Solway Plain.

If it's fast times you're after in an event then that's taken care of too with all three events blessed with speedy courses. The 10K route is essentially one big loop and two small loops and is fairly flat and will give runners an excellent chance of a PB.

The Half Marathon has a course that is best described as flat and is a must for anyone looking for a PB. The country roads are quiet and very flat with one small climb that gives you a nice downhill run towards the finish. The course takes you on one big loop through Kirkbride, Newton Arlosh, Lessonhall, taking a left back towards Kirkbride and the finish.

The Solway Coast Marathon is possibly the flattest marathon course in the UK with a total climb of only 79m. Again, the country roads are quiet and very flat. The route takes you on a 5 mile loop through Kirkbride, Newton Arlosh and back past the start where family and friends will be able to cheer you on and give you plenty of encouragement for the 21 miles to come. The route then heads back out through Kirkbride and on to the Solway Coast taking in Glasson, Port Carlisle, Bowness on Solway, Cardurnock, Anthorn, Longcroft then back to Newton Arlosh and on to the finish at The White Heather Hotel.

If you'd like to know more, visit the Sport In Action website.

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